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What Is Al-Anon

The Story Of Al-Anon

Al-Anon is a network of family support groups, which helps persons whose families are affected by alcoholism. The aim of these groups is to be recuperative and curative.


Al-Anon was founded in 1951 with the aim of providing support for those affected by alcohol abuse by loved ones. 16 years after Bill W founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon was founded by Lois W. his wife and Anne B. Dealing with the difficulties of providing support to a recovering alcoholic during her life, she decided to create an organization for people similar to her. Al-Anon thrives through the contributions of its members. There are meetings available through the assistance of family members and friends of alcoholics to cope with and better serve the interests of their loved ones even if they are in different stages of recovery.


The fight against alcoholism is a joint undertaking and that is the objective of this support group.


Alcoholism Being A Family Illness

The people close to the alcoholic person are also affected in one way or the other and Al-Anon seeks to help them also overcome the challenge they might be facing. A clear-cut system of friends and family members support is an integral part of recovery from alcoholism.

Lack of understanding the cause of their loved one's drinking problem makes family members suffer self-condemnation and also not know how to deal with the problem. Support meetings can help deal about these issues in the best way while also making members understand that alcoholism should be treated as a family illness.


Alateen- Al-Anon Groups For Teens

The youth are also affected by alcoholism in their family, so Al-Anon has formed a wing to help the youngsters called Al-teen.

The meetings held by Alateen help youngsters to meet with individuals within their age group in order to make their experiences more beneficial and interrelated.


The Advantages Of Al-Anon Group

Al-Anon members benefit by being introduced to other people and families who have suffered from alcoholism. Despite every individual being different Al-Anon commonly had interrelated experiences within their struggles. The main advantage of Al-Anon is searching people who have had similar experiences to talk to. There are Al-Anon meetings available all across our country. Give us a call on 0800 246 1509 to assist you find one close by you.


The Results Of These Meetings

For anyone who is affected by someone else's drinking, Al- Anon meetings are for those. You can get all the help required if you are being affected by the drinking behaviour of a person you know.

Since they are sure what will happen, some people don't feel free to go to the first meeting. When thinking of attending a meeting, some things should be kept in mind:

  • Al-Anon is a group that is unidentified
  • Everyone in that room is affected one way or another by the alcoholism of a friend or family member
  • Getting things off your chest is one way of recovery encouraged in this group although it is not mandatory
  • The Meetings Usually Vary
  • You may find some more beneficial to you than others.
  • Al-Anon is not an organization which is based on any religion
  • Al-Anon meetings follow the 12 Step program

The Al-Anon meetings work on the "take what you like and leave the rest" philosophy Based on this formula the meetings concentrate on the sharing of experiences and the hardships of the attendees rather than giving them any instructions about what they should do.


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The 12 Parts Of Al-Anon

The recovery stages are outlined before the meeting starts. These twelve steps are an abridged, almost verbatim, quote from the same-name program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Al-Anon members start with a sponsor who assists them work through the steps and who is ready for help in times of difficulty, mostly similar to AA. These steps are:

  • We admit that we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable.
  • Members learn to accept alcoholism as a disease they cannot control in others.
  • Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  • Trying to change a person that has been affected by alcoholism can be a huge task and lead to breakdown.
  • The members then recognise the fact that there is a solution out there for them.
  • Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.
  • Learning how to forgive is an extremely important step of the program, together with acceptance.
  • Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  • Self-discovery plays a huge role in making the steps; and this is its beginning.
  • The group members write down a list of the instances when they may have been unfair to themselves or their significant others (for example, threats).
  • Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to others human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  • Writing each problem enables them to examine them one by one.
  • Got fully ready to have God eliminate all the flaws of character.
  • Spiritual help is recognised as one way through which they can be helped.
  • Humbly ask him to remove our shortcomings.
  • This part of the 12 steps provides members with the assistance needed to understand how they may have been exercising control or being judgmental towards an addict and how these actions are counterproductive.
  • Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Very often, righting a wrong starts with yourself.
  • Many people blame themselves for their loved ones addiction.
  • They must learn to forgive and make it right for themselves.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  • Working on the steps of recovery and help after forgiving yourself is the next step.
  • Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  • Going through the 12 steps is a process which will take time.
  • There is also a possibility for relapse when trying to recover in the program.
  • It s usually a duration and this is outlined by stage 10.
  • Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  • This is a personal, spiritual step that involves acceptance and comfort amongst the anxiety of recovery.
  • Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in our affairs.
  • The last step includes perception that the persons journey is not over yet.
  • After this, group members are encouraged to support others by sharing what they have already learned.

What Is Higher Power

Although Al-Anon's program is not a religious one, members do experience insights into higher power. The term "higher power" is, however, open to interpretation according to the personal beliefs of individuals. Al-Anon is open to members of all religions and beliefs and accepts them with a commitment that no one will be forced to alter his or her belief.